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Brimming with colonial-era charm and an unmistakably Costa Rican ambience, this converted downtown home once belonged to a former Costa Rican president. The rooms and hallways are decorated with local art and crafts—large stone sculptures, painted oxcart wheels, wall-mounted mosaics, antique oil paintings, and vivid stained glass works, as well as lush potted plants and flowing fountains. Rooms can vary tremendously in size, so ask what you’re getting before you book. The restaurant serves local cuisine and has a lovely covered patio. The hotel’s Boutique Annemarie gift shop (p ###) is one of the best stocked in Costa Rica, plus they have their own car rental service.